Opinion by Richard Baird
Mies In London is a project by Real Foundation that seeks to document modernist architect Mies van der Rohe’s only design for the United Kingdom, Mansion House Square; a bronze tower and grand plaza located at the heart of London opposite the bank of England and commissioned in 1962 by Lord Peter Palumbo. Following a long struggle with Royal and political concerns, as well as an increasing disfavour for modernism within the public consciousness, the project was halted by an inquiry in 1984 with many of the details and artefacts lost to time.
Through careful research and collaboration with RIBA, the CCA and Drawing Matter over three years, editor Jack London and co-editor Yulia Rudenko have brought to light the inside and out of Mansion House Square as envisioned by Mies. The project is an interesting and ambitious example of Gesamtkunstwerk / Total Project. This is expressed by Real Foundation in their own practice and material response through a combination of book and objects; an ashtray and door handle. The book, designed by OK-RM, chronicles and presents the grand architectural gesture and philosophy for the site using the arrangement of content; documents and images with extended captions as a narrative tool.
This article, in a break from convention and with a desire to experiment editorially, has two interwoven parts; the familiar format looks at the micro (the graphic and the material), while inset italics explores the more meta. These can be read independently or sequentially.
Opinion by Richard Baird.
Southside Group and Colliers International worked with New Zealand based studio Richards Partners to develop a graphic identity for their new property development, located in between Auckland’s Meadowbank and Remuera, which is made up of 58 ‘Residences’ and 7 exclusive ‘Pavilions’ designed by architects Monk Mackenzie and Hare Interiors.
The Soto name and graphic identity designed by Richards Partners functions as a way to tell a story of ‘mindful apartment living’ and expresses the unique material qualities of the residencies and pavilions. This is aimed at market downsizing from traditional homes, and is described as a combination of Japanese zen elements with a focus on an elegant materiality. This connects property brochures, material sample packs, advertising, website, display suite and signage.
Opinion by Richard Baird.
Bond continue to work with Scandinavian confectionery brand Cloetta, owner of liquorish brand Allsorts, on the packaging for their Allsorts Black & White edition. The packaging for Allsorts’ originals range looked to bring the distinctive shapes and colours of the liquorice to the forefront using geometric forms and bright colour, enhanced by the black background of a simple card box. It was an approach rightly described by Bond as being bold and playful.